DAMC UAE Champions announced

DAMC UAE Champions announced

UAE Sportbike Championship Overall & 1000 Class Champion – Arushen Moodley

Arushen Moodley crowned UAE Sportbike Champion….

South African Arushen Moodley was in a class of his own as he scored a remarkable 14 wins out of 14 raceson his way to the Overall and 1000 Class UAE Sportbike Championship.

As a professional rider he was simply too good for the semi-pro racers that make up the local scene and his advantage was clear throughout the season. The South African was beaten twice by Kawasaki guest rider Scott Smart during the course of the championship, although Moodley got maximum points on both occasions as guest riders were ineligible for points. Moodley delighted the motorcycle fraternity with his jaw dropping antics on the all conquering Aprilia RSV4, controlled slides, early power and total commitment into corners were his trademark.

Best of the rest was Moodley’s team mate, Aprilia mounted, Saudi ace Abdulaziz Binladin who finished the season runner-up despite a strong challenge from Dubai based Bahraini Hussein Al Kooheji (Yamaha) and towards the end of the season Kawasaki’s Hennie Sauermann.

Low point of the UAE Sportbike Championship season was ever green Rod Scott’s accident on Race Day 6 which saw the former champion hospitalised and resigned to a long recovery. Adriano Fusillo was also victim of an accident, on the same day, which also saw him hospitalised.

UAE Sportbike Championship Overall & 600 Class Champion – Pascal Grosjean


UAE Sportbike Championship
Overall & 600 Class Champion – Pascal Grosjean

Pascal Grosjean (Yamaha) notched up the 600 Class UAE Sportbike Championship, but was made to fight hard for the honour. The diminutive Swiss rider was virtually untouchable in the early stages of his campaign, but by mid-season he had a host of challengers making life exceedingly difficult. Jussi Hoikka (Yamaha) led the charge by taking three wins and runner-up slot in the 600 Class championship.  Honda mounted Jason Burnside, unlucky not to score a win during the year, was always in the thick of the lead battle and ended up third for the season with most improved rider Omran Al Sayed (Kawasaki) finishing fourth scoring his first career win on Race Day 6.

Cytech UAE Touring Car Championship Overall & Class 1 Champion: Jonathan Simmonds – DXB Racing SEAT

Cytech UAE Touring Car Championship
Overall & Class 1 Champion: Jonathan Simmonds – DXB Racing SEAT

The 2009/2010 Cytech UAE Touring Car Championship, Class 1, was one of the toughest and most intriguing in the short history of touring car racing in the region. Jonathan Simmonds (DXB Racing SEAT) triumphed after a nail biting season which saw four drivers take top honours. Khalid Al Mutawaa (House of Portier SEAT) set the early season pace with two wins in the opening round of the championship. Simmonds turned things around with double wins in round two with Khalid Bin Hadher (SEAT) winning twice on Race Day 3.

The scene was set for a three way battle, although Bin Hadher would always be on the back foot as he did not score points in the opening round. Mid-season Al Mutawaa did the double again but from that point on his challenge faltered, allowing Simmonds the opportunity to reel him in and eventually take the championship points lead which he held until the championship was declared.

The final tally was six victories for Simmonds, four wins for Al Mutawaa, three in the bag for Bin Hadher and a solitary victory for Mohammed Al Owais who made a cameo appearance at Yas Marina where he powered to a convincing victory in his first race in Class 1.
Cytech UAE Touring Car Championship Class 2 Champion: Umair Khan – Lap 57 Honda
Cytech UAE Touring Car Championship
Class 2 Champion: Umair Khan – Lap 57 Honda

Nine wins out of 14 races would seem like a walk in the park for Lap 57 driver Umair Khan who was crowned 2009/2010 2009/2010 Cytech UAE Touring Car Championship, Class 2, Champion. In fact it was quite the opposite. Khan was pushed all season long by team mate Omran Al Owais and Aslam Moola. The trio of Hondas circulating bumper to bumper, as if connected by a tow rope, as they slugged it out for maximum points each round.

Al Owais finished runner-up with three wins and Moosla was third overall with two victories. The trio were the cream of a top quality field which included the likes of Jason O’Keefe, former champions Spencer Vanderpal and Zlatko Mulabegovic and Emirati teenager Mohammed Al Mutawaa. Invariably Class 2 of Cytech UAE Touring Car Championship boasted the biggest and, arguably, most competitive fields in UAE national racing.
Cytech UAE Touring Car Championship Class 3 Champion: Rupesh Channake – Lap 57 Honda
Cytech UAE Touring Car Championship
Class 3 Champion: Rupesh Channake – Lap 57 Honda

Rupesh Channake was more often than not the only entry in the Class 3 of the Cytech UAE Touring Car Championship. This did not stop him battling it out successfully among Class 2 competitors on his way to notching up the Class 3 title.

Total UAE GT Championship Overall & GTA Champion: Karim Al Azhari – House of Portier/TAM Auto Engineering Corvette

Total UAE GT Championship
Overall & GTA Champion: Karim Al Azhari – House of Portier/TAM Auto Engineering Corvette

It was seven wins out of seven for the UAE’s most successful racing driver Karim Al Azhari who dominated the inaugural 2009/2010 Total UAE GT Championship, GTA Class, in his TAM Auto Engineering prepared House of Portier Corvette. The combination was the class of a strong field of GT campaigners.

Al Azhari was beaten only twice during the course of the season. First time at Yas Marina when German ace Rene Rast was drafted in to guest drive the Cytech Muehlner Porsche and once at Dubai Autodrome when Andrew Donaldson powered to victory for the Cytech Muehlner team. Both times Al Azhari still scored maximum points as guest drivers are ineligible to score in the championship.

Julian Griffin, driving the DXB Racing Dodge Viper, took the runner-up slot despite not scoring points in the first two rounds. Thereafter he became a force in the title chase and would often be in the thick of battle with the likes of Abu Dhabi Falcons Porsche duo of Khalid Al Qubaisi and Saif Al Assam. Early on in the season the Khaleji Motorsport Porsche in the hands of Tarek Elgammal and Cabell Fisher looked most likely to challenge Al Azhari, but mechanical problems ruled them out of the final rounds.

Total UAE GT Championship GTB Champion: Paul Denby – Khaleji Motorsport Porsche

Total UAE GT Championship
GTB Champion: Paul Denby – Khaleji Motorsport Porsche

Paul Denby (Khaleji Motorsport Porsche) was a serious contender for the overall Total UAE GT Championship until late on in the season, but with Al Azhari 100% record he had to settle for the GTB championship title with five wins out of a possible seven. Occasionally sharing driving duties with Sheikh Hasher Al Maktoum, Denby was untouchable from the third race onwards in the GTB Class.

Providing a gallant challenge throughout the season was privateer Harris Irfan in the ARM prepared Porsche who notched up one victory on his way to GTB championship runner-up slot. Jonathan Simmonds scored a solitary win in the DXB Aston Martin before concentrating his attention on his touring car campaign, while his team mate Frederic Gaillard finished third in the GTB championship in his DXB Racing Mitsubishi.

GulfSport Radical Cup Champion – Jordan Grogor
GulfSport Radical Cup
Champion – Jordan Grogor

The tragic circumstances of Christophe Hissette’s accident during qualifying for the GulfSport Radical Cup on the last race day of the season has been well documented and inevitably cast a massive cloud over the 2009/2010 motorsport season throughout the region.

Hissette went out on for his final session knowing he had an outside chance of stealing the GulfSport Radical Cup series title from fellow AUH Motorsport team mate Jordan Grogor. The two were the toast of the field from the first race onwards with close but fair racing, “rubbing is racing” summed up the duel’s between the two.

Early on Grogor had the upper hand, despite Hissette winning the first race of the season, upon which Grogor took six wins out of a possible seven and by mid-season appeared to have his hands on the title. What followed was a remarkably gutsy fight back from Hissette where he took the chequered flag six times in eight races with Grogor only scoring one win during this period.

The two drivers were in opposite modes with Grogor protecting a championship lead and Hissette challenging with nothing to lose. In the end, the final two races did not take place. Grogor took the 2009/2010 GulfSport Radical Cup championship title, which by his own admission, under circumstances he loathed.

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